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What's been your most interesting Linux / open source set ups?

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We've all read about people running XBMC on their media centers and using FreeNAS for home servers, but there have been some truly fascinating set ups over the years. So I thought it would be fun to compile a list of the more unique, creative and interesting builds.

To start us off, here's one of my own projects: My wife's old laptop was basically useless (I warned her against buying it at the time, it was one of those "Vista Certified" junk which wasn't powerful enough to run Vista; hell, even Xubuntu ~5 years ago struggled!). So what I did was pulled the LCD screen and motherboard, mounted them onto a frame, and booted a minimal OS (Damn Small Linux IIRC) which auto-started an image slide show. Thus building myself a digital picture frame.

I'm sure you guys have got much more exciting builds worth sharing thumb.gif
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I've actually done the laptop screen picture slideshow frame thing as well. Was a fun project.

I also built my file server on my keyboard tray and later in the cubbyhole where the case normally goes. With all the drives suspended by 550 cord.

Not much more exciting than that though frown.gif
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I once built a htpc/media server which was short lived due to practicalities.
Sat under my bed plugged into my TV. It had XMBC for media and Samba for files, incredibly slow might I add, hence a reason for getting rid of it.
I also had torrents download to it 24/7.

Got sick of the slow transfer speeds, and of my laptop, so this turned into my first general PC build.
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I've actually done the laptop screen picture slideshow frame thing as well. Was a fun project.

I also built my file server on my keyboard tray and later in the cubbyhole where the case normally goes. With all the drives suspended by 550 cord.

Not much more exciting than that though frown.gif

Please tell me you have pictures of the suspended drives biggrin.gif
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I had a Pentium 4 fileserver with CentOS and samba, which I used to server my computer, my familys computers and my Samsung Galaxy Tablet before I sold that. After I sold that though there was little point, My family only had ~15GBs on it so I put that on googledrive for them. Considering setting it back up again, maybe filling the other ram slots for a full 4GB (if I can get DDR cheap enough) and doing a proper home server with ZFS and either FreeBSD or OpenIndianna, back up to that from my courrent PC, maybe use it to steam torrents instead of being a continual leech.

In terms of interesting, we had two old, old P3 macheins, with what was decent gfx for the time it was made. I filled it with some fans, overvolted it (as much as dells bios would let me then did some F@H on it and made it a heater for my room, with a side benitfit of about ~200 PPd
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